SOPHOMORE SEASON (2008)
Became just the second sophomore in program history to be named team captain ... started every game in the midfield for UAB ... finished the year with two goals and three assists for a total of seven points ... scored the first goal of her collegiate career in the Blazers' 4-1 win over UCF ... also knocked in a goal as UAB topped Marshall, 2-1 ... had 18 shots on the year, including 11 shots-on-goal (.611).
FRESHMAN SEASON (2007)
Started all 19 games at midfield as a true freshman for the Blazers ... took 10 shots during the season, including seven shots on goal ... earned a spot on the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
A three-year letterwinner for head coach Michelle Nagamine at Kamehameha High School - Kapalama campus ... helped the Warriors to the Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) championship in 2005, while also going on to claim the state championship the same year ... was selected to play in the ILH Senior All-Star game in 2007 ... plays club soccer with the Honolulu Soccer Club Bulls, coached by Phil Neddo ... was a key part of the Bulls' three state championships from 2005-07, and their US Club national championship in 2005 ... also earned three varsity letters in track and two in cross country.
Full name is Marie Leina'ala Yempuku ... born October 8, 1989 in Honolulu, Hawaii ... daughter of Roy Yempuku and Ernette De Jesus ... majoring in international studies.